* Cape Town just cannot stay out of the New York Times! Travel writer Sarah Khan has profiled some of the city’s hottest coffee and quirky shops, linking the city to World Design Capital 2014. In the print edition on Sunday, the article headline ‘Have some Dim Sum with your shirts’ introduces the article with the story about the success of I ♥ My Laundry, which recently opened a second branch in the city centre. Other hot spots that are featured in the article are Loading Bay, Latitude 33, Haas, Pedersen & Lennard, House of Machines, and Los Muertos Motorcycles.
* Standard Bank’s economist Goolan Ballim says that South Africa’s economy has underperformed ever since the global meltdown, which commenced in 2008. He only sees a recovery in 2016 or 2017.
* One third of British travellers have visited 10 countries on average, a survey conducted on behalf of the London City Airport has found. The most popular city destinations are Amsterdam (especially by males), and Paris. The most visited countries are France, Spain, USA, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. South Africa features near the bottom of the list, at 4%. A half of the UK travellers have relatives overseas, in Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Spain, being the reason for travel in many instances.
* Oslo is the world’s most expensive tourist destination, measured on the basis of the cost of accommodation in a 4 star hotel, dinner and a 3,2 km taxi trip. Sofia in Bulgaria, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Warsaw in Poland are the three most economical tourist destinations.
* The Cape Wine Academy is running a number of different wine courses, starting with the level 1 wine course on Saturday. A number of venues have been selected in Cape Town and Stellenbosch for the courses in the next two months. The ‘Wines of the World’ course runs over six weeks from 4 February onwards, and covers France, Australia, and South And North America. A ‘Front of House’ course runs for two full days on 4 and 5 April, while one can also attend a ‘Wine and Food’ course, and a Brandy course. (received via e-mail from Cape Wine Academy)
* The next Stellenbosch Street Soiree will be held on Wednesday 12 February from 18h00 – 20h00 in Church Street in Stellenbosch, ‘South Africa’s wine and gourmet capital‘, the media release boldly states! Winemakers offer glasses of wine to taste, and food treats to buy too. Cost is R50 for the tasting. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)
* Madame Zingara and her Spiegeltent will soon leave Cape Town after a sold-out year in the V & A Waterfront, and heads for Montecasino in Johannesburg, with its new ‘After Forever’ tour, reports The New Age.
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